Quantifying and visualizing 32 years of agricultural land use change in Kabul, Afghanistan
Agriculture is a key element of Afghanistan’s economy and plays an essential role supporting the expanding population and urban development of Kabul, the country’s capital. Over the past decades the urban landscape has changed substantially and agricultural land use has shifted in its extent, location, and density. Identifying trends in the amount of agricultural area, as an indication of food production, is important for city planning and humanitarian efforts. While many studies have investigated Afghanistan's agriculture, most are conducted at scales that preclude their use for local-scale decision-making. This study quantifies agricultural extent across 32 years from 1988 to 2020 at local scale using simple and repeatable Landsat multispectral image analysis. The volume of data in time-series analysis complicatesvisualization of key findings and long-term trends. This study also explored visualization methods such as zonal mapping, animations, and the isolation of key themes in a 2D static map.
|Quantifying and visualizing 32 years of agricultural land use change in Kabul, Afghanistan
|Jessica D. DeWitt, Kathleen M Boston, Marissa Ann Alessi, Peter G. Chirico
|Journal of Maps
|USGS Publications Warehouse
|Florence Bascom Geoscience Center